Saint-Pascal Church & Presbytery

2488 Du Lac Road

The first church of Saint-Pascal-Baylon was built in 1908. It was destroyed by a fire in 1943.

2488 Du Lac Road

The first priest was Father Esdras Guillaume Barette who remained until 1911.

2488 Du Lac Road

On the morning of June 20, 1943, the villagers were alerted by a hysterical voice shouting: ‘’fire, fire, the church is on fire!’’ 

2488 Du Lac Road

This picture was captured following the fire that ravaged the first church in 1943, only the chimney remained standing.  

2488 Du Lac Road

View of the second church and the presbytery of Saint-Pascal Baylon.  

2488 Du Lac Road

This picture of the church was taken in 2017.  

Saint-Pascal-baylon presbytery

Saint-Pascal-baylon presbytery in 2017, now a private house.

St-Pascal-Baylon Church and Presbytery

The St-Pascal-Baylon church and presbytery are considered local historic sites given their religious significance within the community.

On June 12, 1907, the Ottawa Diocese received a visit from five representatives of the Ste-Félicité parish in Clarence Creek. They presented a list of 87 proponents for the creation of a new parish in their small community called The Lake.

In October 1908, once the location was chosen, the construction of the church and presbytery finally began. Everyone in St-Pascal-Baylon worked hard for the construction of the church and thirteen months later, on December 14, 1909, the church was blessed by Bishop J. O. Routhier. The first priest was Father Esdras Guillaume Barette who remained until 1911.

In 1911, Father Joseph Éthier made several changes within the church; a sacristy was built, a church hall was added in the basement, and stations of the cross were created. The parishioners renovated the church again in 1942.

On the morning of June 20, 1943, the villagers were alerted by a hysterical voice shouting: ‘’fire, fire, the church is on fire!’’ When the villagers arrived, an unforgettable scene unfolded before their eyes - the flames were already shooting out from the roof! The men of the village, at their own risk, scrambled to remove the benches, statues and stations of the cross from the burning building. On October 15, 1944, the newly rebuilt church was blessed. This church was built on the foundation of the original one.



Excerpt of
Saint-Pascal-Baylon's History

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